How do we understand drug use? How are drugs related to our social worlds? How should drug use be understood, approached and dealt with? Insightful and illuminating, this book successfully discusses drugs in social contexts. In an elegant manner, the authors bring together their different theoretical and practical backgrounds, offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction that opens up a wide scientific understanding moving beyond cultural myths and presuppositions. Powerful and engaging, this book discusses main questions within the field of psychoactive drugs research, such as: Why do people take drugs? How do we understand moral panics? What is the relationship between drugs and violence? How do people's social positions influence their individual involvement in drug use? This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as students and drug service practitioners in social work, social policy and nursing.

War on Drugs

War on drugs

The ‘war on drugs’ describes the controversial rhetoric used to elicit support for repressive drug prohibition policies by those for whom drug use is inherently problematic. The war on drugs has profoundly shaped national and international approaches to the cultivation, production, distribution and use of those substances deemed to be ‘dangerous’.

The war on drugs is one of the defining discourses of the 20th century and beyond. In June 1971, US President Richard Nixon officially declared a war on drugs following a campaign to implement a national anti-drug strategy at state and federal levels. This declaration was the culmination of a gradual development of prohibition as the dominant drug control system over the previous 100 years (see also 30 international ...

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